Posts Tagged ‘Wellington’
Boys & Girls Clubs Larimer County club members are smart. Even though they don't have classes in summer, thanks to Brain Gain and awesome BGCLC Staff, club members have been able to not only keep their school-year knowledge but improve upon it.
Last week the BGCLC challenged local Old Navy employees to a classic game of "Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader?" as a part of the summer Knowledge Bowl Brain Gain.
Over half a dozen teams of two or more Club members participated in the hour and a half challenge hosted by the infamous Charles of the Fort Collins Club. The questions were hard and the stakes were high...you could feel the tension in the room build as the final scores were calculated.
In the end though, one team prevailed as winner, and it wasn't the "Big Kids," aka Team Old Navy, it was in fact Hufflepuff Popcorn, two incredibly smart girls from the Fort Collins Club.
They weren't available for comment, but were very humble in their victory.
Congrats to all the teams and a huge thanks to Old Navy for hanging out for the afternoon!
Jerad has been with the Boys & Girls Clubs of Larimer County since 2014! Jerad was a member of the first summer staff team in Estes Park, and since then has been working as a Program Aide for the Wellington Unit. Jerad can be seen giving awesome high fives to Club members, and teaching them how to play guitar in the shade on hot days. Jerad will be leaving us in the fall to go back to Durango where he attends college at Fort Lewis, we hope to see him again for many summers to come! Read on to learn more about Jerad.
What is your favorite food?
Pizza and burgers, I'm a true American I know.
What is your ideal vacation?
Ideal vacation would be somewhere with mountains and an ocean close by, where everyone is happy to share stories.
If you were trapped on a deserted island, what three things would you bring with you?
Bass guitar, fishing pole and a deck of cards.
What is a unique talent that you have?
Not a talent quite yet but I’m trying to teach myself the bass.
What do you enjoy most about working at the Boys & Girls Clubs?
My favorite thing about working at the club is building relationships with the kids and the staff and being able to see the growth in each child.
Thanks Jerad, for all you do!
Desirae is the Middle and High School Program Specialist for the Wellington Unit! She has worked with BGCLC for a year in May. Desirae is doing an incredible job helping to lead teen nights and the social action project in Wellington! Desirae will also be leading the "Got What It Takes," community service program this summer. Read below to learn more about Des:
What is your favorite food?
My favorite food is good 'ol fashioned BBQ'd anything. Top choices on the grill would be either BBQ'd ribs or a pulled pork sandwich complete with cornbread, coleslaw, and a sweet iced tea.
What is your ideal vacation?
My ideal vacation would be going somewhere overseas. I am particularly interested in Ireland or the Philippines. I would have to find a way to interact with the locals and get a true cultural experience as well as have plenty of time set aside for relaxation. I don't like to have a busy schedule when I am on vacation.
If you were trapped on an desert Island, what three things would you bring with you?
If I were trapped on an island and could bring any three things I would bring my Bible, my best friend Rene, and my guitar.
What is a unique talent you have?
A unique talent I have is that I can cross my eyes and wiggle just one eye. I can also turn my thumb completely backwards.
What is your favorite thing about working at the Boys & Girls Clubs?
My favorite thing about working at the Boys and Girls Club is all the fun things I get to do as well as the ability I have to make choices and bring things that I am interested to personally to the kids and the Club. I also love that I can be silly and goofy at work and that a key element and requirement of my job is to have fun. 🙂
Thank you for all you do, Des!!!
Recently, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Larimer County took on the initiative to boost the visual and performing arts programming at the Clubs. One major change was hiring a full time Arts Program Specialist at both the Fort Collins and Loveland Units. Previously, this programming was overseen by a part time arts specialist and interns. With just a few months of this expansion on the arts programming, we are already seeing wonderful things come from the youth interested in the arts. Here are just a few things the youth have done in our performing arts programming this month. Enjoy!
Into the Woods the Musical
Women's Teen Choir Singing
The Difference Movie Trailer
Diversity in Sports
Before our hockey tournament in Loveland on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, our staff and volunteers addressed the issue of diversity in sports. The discussion was about why it is important to support and encourage your teammates because, even though you are all different in many ways, you are working together towards a common goal.
Fort Collins March
Teens from both the Loveland and Fort Collins Units attended the Fort Collins MLK Day March from Old Town to the CSU campus. They created a sign that they proudly displayed during the march, and stayed after to hear the speakers in the CSU oval. It was a chilly day, but all teens were incredibly honored and excited to partake in the march!
Reflection on King's Speech
Youth at the Fort Collins Unit took time to watch the famous "I Have a Dream" speech. After watching, they then reflected on what the speech meant to them. Their reflections were then created into beautiful, inspiring posters.
The Wellington youth spent time making cookies from scratch to then deliver to the Wellington Fire Protection District to show their thanks. The cookies were accompanied with a card made by the youth saying "Thank you for keeping the peace" and quoting MLK: "At the center of non-violence stands the principle of love."
The kids helped every step of the way in coming up with the idea, organizing the things we needed to make it happen, and were vital in making the day happen. We had 4 teams and each team had a team leader. We had a Car Washing Team, Car Drying Team, Sign Holding Team, and Money Collecting Team. Each of these teams were responsible for coming up with a list of things we needed as well as making sure we had everything we needed that day. They also had to recruit other Club members to join their teams. We needed to advertise, so the whole Club one afternoon jumped on board to make signs to hang around town and we made about 25 signs to hang up. Club youth approached business owners and residents along our path and told them about the car wash. They hung up signs at their shop and made connections. We had at least 3 or 4 people show up that they talked to that day!
The results were that we raised $413 in just over 2 hours and got to wash over 20 cars and trucks ranging from a Mitsubishi Sports Car to a Flat Bed Work Truck. The Club youth had a blast and were talking about it for the whole rest of the day and talking about “next time”. Also on August 7th, the youth delivered the donation to the Assisted Living Home to give them the money and play some bingo with the residents.
Great work, Wellington Clubhouse!